Pumpkins on bed of leavesHalloween is just around the corner so before you go “treat shopping,” consider offering treats that are healthier. Sugarless gum, cereal bars, low-fat granola, small packs of animal or peanut butter crackers, or packs of raisins, nuts, or string cheese make tasty, healthy treats. Non-food items such as stickers, pencils, fun erasers, or a dime or a quarter or even a new toothbrush make good, alternative Halloween treats. Parents of young children should check their trick or treaters’ bags for items that could cause choking such as nuts, seeds, popcorn, hard candy, gum drops, jelly beans, coins and balloons. Remember to have your children brush their teeth after eating their Halloween candy. Sugar, as well as other carbohydrates, does cause tooth decay.

Nevada Naturalist logoA dynamic conference, “The Rewards of Preserving Southern Nevada’s Natural Resources” is being held at two picturesque locations: 1)  Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center on October 21, and 2) Clark County Wetlands Park on October 22-23 for Nevada Naturalist participants and others who are interested in gaining knowledge about environmental issues and conservation projects in Nevada; as well as learning about volunteer opportunities that will make a positive difference in their community.

The 2 1/2-day conference features a unique keynote; sessions on environmental topics specific to Nevada presented by notable speakers from arounds the State; a meet and greet; a Lake Mead cruise: morning yoga; a silent auction; a hike ’til dusk, and more.

More information and registration is available online.